Archive for October, 2013

Link without fear – Copyright in Ireland in a Digital Age

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

The main report from the Copyright Review Committee has been released. Read the full PDF of it here.

The whole thing is worth a few reads. Well done to Patricia McGovern, Eoin O’Dell and Steve Hedley for writing something readable by practitioners and the general public too. Irish copyright Law hasn’t moved with the times but this report moves it into the 21st century and will ensure it is a little bit future proofed.

Lots of good recommendations but the main ones for me are:

  • Linking is ok.
  • Photos: Nicking and modifying them (including Metadata) is bad
  • DRM: DRM is fine but shitty DRM is not fine and a user has a right to not be hampered
  • Marshalling should be allowed to some degree.
  • Orphaned Works are being recognised.
  • Fair Use will come to pass.
  • Data mining is fine too.
  • Recognition of the multiple media devices every person/family has.

Says they:

Interconnectedness by linking is at the very heart of the internet. However, links simply convey that something exists; but they do not, by themselves, publish, reproduce or communicate its content.

The group recommends that it should not be an infringement of copyright to reproduce a very small snippet of the linked work reasonably adjacent to the link. Snippet = no more than either 160 characters or 2.5% of the work, subject to a cap of 40 words.

However if you link to something that infringes copyright and you do this knowingly then you can be seen as an infringer. Exceptions for education will already apply and here too for news/media types who are doing reporting and point out bad behaviour.

If a news site wishes to expose sites that stream pirated films or music, it would be unworkable if it could not say where those sites are, and the “public interest exception” would allow the news site to do so without fear of infringing

(My reading of this is as a news org you can basically make yourself a directory of pirate movies/software?)

More protection for photographers. Encouragement of using metadata and someone that messed with the metadata is seen as an infringer.

we recommend not only that copyright protection be extended to metadata, but also that its removal should amount to an infringement of copyright

They have nothing against DRM however if it’s shitty DRM, they are forgiving of someone that breaks it to be able to do what they have a right to do with it (Listen on other devices, different device etc.)

we also recommend that users should have an effective remedy where the technological protection measures prevent a user from performing an exception permitted by the legislation

Orphaned Works
When you don’t know who owns a work and you want to repurpose it or remix it or use swathes of it. Up to now you had to find the person who owned the rights, if you didn’t then you had to hold off doing anything. Limbo. Instead now:

Any person seeking to make use of an orphan work, where the rightsowner genuinely cannot be identified or located, will have to seek a licence from the Agency subject to a fee to be paid to the Agency to be paid on to any rightsowner who is subsequently identified or located.

Marshalling is: indexing, syndication, aggregation, and curation of online content. For me this covers sites that aggregate news or basically rewrite copy from news sites like the Irish Times/Indo. You can in essence now reproduce 160 characters or 40 or words less. This may spell some trouble for some organisations.

Caricature, Parody, Pastiche, and Satire
All allowed. Game on.

Data Mining is go.

very significant social benefits stand to be gained from content-mining, and in particular to be gained from a copyright exemption in favour of content-mining for non-commercial research.

Fair Use
I like this :

On the advantages and disadvantages of fair use, there was a great deal of anecdote, but not much by way of determinative evidence.

Fluffy Links – Monday October 28th 2013

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The Toll of Tokenism.

For the week that’s in it, remember Barmbrack? Pumpkin carving is in, this odd cake thing is out.

Via Piaras. Another example of marketing with Snapchat.

A mini-guide to advertising on Instagram. I’d love to see the results.

Younger and younger they get. Babies area using apps on mobiles and tablets already. Plenty of parents I know have apps on their devices to keep their kids occupied at the most opportune times.

The next Guerrilla Gourmet Club is on Friday, November 15. Yum yum yum.

So teens have a little extra privacy built into their Facebook than adults. Wonder why adults don’t get that automatically too?

Tarkovsky Films Now Free Online (Him that did Solaris and others)

I like this success story as it’s very grounded and goes through how it’s not all rockstar underwater cars and parties.

Campfire Cologne.

Netflix about to have more subscribers than HBO. Faster and faster they go…

I’ll drink to that

Fluffy Links – Sunday October 13th 2013

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Jim Carroll on what comes next for Diageo and us after Arthur’s Day.

Chapter One, the book. Perfect for Christmas.

The Web Awards are looking for a few more sponsors, if you’re interested.

G.K. Chesterston predicting Malcolm Gladwell, Gary Vee, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Seth Godin et all. In 1915.

our modern world is full of books about Success and successful people which literally contain no kind of idea, and scarcely any kind of verbal sense.

Has anyone tried this for their business? Advertising on a porn site.

New Arlene Hunt novel out soon called The Outsider.

I like this. James Bridle making the invisible that’s all around us become visible.

If Apple did smoke detectors

And the first cars in Kerry were owned by… A lot of surnames that weren’t here after 1920.

Sam Smith – Nirvana

No Ceremony

Fluffy Links – Saturday October 5th 2013

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Thank you. Been saying this for years. Teenagers are well aware of their social network privacy settings, the parents that try and spy on them, however are not. They whitewall their Facebook, they remove GPS in photos…

Come home for your tea. Kinsale Arts Festival October 12th and 13th. Listings.

New platforms for poetry.

Cocaine Diaries: Story of a Drug Mule. The opening of this documentary is fantastic and it goes on and on. Fascinating and scary.

Go to Defuse on November 7th. Will be worth it.

Google Analytics to measure your home.

You are using Google NGram, right?

The form for applying for Late Late Toy Show tickets.

Who was the first person to register a motorbike in Kerry? Or car? And the reg? Find out.

Janis Joplin on…

Come Home for Your Tea vid

Come Home for Your Tea with Kinsale Arts Festival from Kinsale Arts Festival on Vimeo.